Update: The Met Gala is officially returning this year! On Monday, Vogue announced the Costume Institute’s plans for not one but two major exhibitions, along with a “slightly smaller celebration” pending government guidelines later this year on Sept. 13, timed to the closing of New York Fashion Week. The magazine also confirmed the event will return to its regular scheduling in 2022 and continue to host the party on the first Monday in May next year.

While a theme has not yet been announced for the 2021 Met Gala, the details surrounding the two-part exhibition may offer some clues. The first part of the exhibition, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” will open on Sept. 18, while the second, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” will show starting May 5, 2022.

“I think that the emphasis on conscious creativity was really consolidated during the pandemic and the social justice movements,” … Read the rest

Shop the look: Alice + Olivia Dunn Vegan Leather Blazer ($440); Agolde Crisscross Jeans ($188)

Okay, Shopbop—we see you. Yep, the mega-retailer just kicked off one of its big sale events of the season: The Style Event. Now through April 16, you can save up to 25% off with code STYLE. Specifically, you can get 15% off orders of $200+, 20% off orders of $500+, and 25% off orders of $800+. 

While there are pages and pages of fresh merch to go through, we thought we’d sort through some of it for you here with an edit of wardrobe staples you may want to consider buying during the sale. We’re talking about versatile items like A+ jeans, chic shoe picks, quality basics, and more. 

With all that in mind, keep scrolling for a list of items you might not regret buying. You could add a few of the items coming … Read the rest

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Asian American fashion designer and activist Prabal Gurung was born in Singapore, grew up in Nepal, and lived in India before starting his New York-based namesake brand 12 years ago “to show marginalized people that they are seen, and that they matter.” He is one of the influencers, editors, and designers using his platform to address the anti-Asian hate crimes in America, among others such as Phillip Lim, Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow, and Allure Editor in Chief Michelle Lee.

“I was advised to limit the diversity of my runways because clients wouldn’t be as receptive to non White models.”

While he’s speaking up now, most recently penning an op-ed for CNN about the discrimination he’s faced in the fashion industry, urging the rest of his peers to stand for change and inclusivity of all minorities, it’s not the first time Gurung has stressed the … Read the rest

Regardless of your hair type—coily, thick and wavy, fine and short—mastering the art of the perfect air-dry is, in fact, an art. Sure, blow-dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can throw plenty of arm-breaking curveballs your way, but mastering the au naturel, step-out-of-the-shower-and-go aesthetic is an intimidating beast in and of itself. With so many potential variables like climate, products, application timing, and hair texture, things can go awry quickly, and there definitely isn’t a one-size-fits-all prescription.

Air-drying your hair with celeb-level finesse can be a total crapshoot, but we’re here to change that. Enter a course in Expert Air-Drying 101, courtesy of one of the best hairstylists in the industry, Cynthia Alvarez. 

Working with clients with a wide variety of lengths and textures (her regulars include Shakira, Maye Musk, and Dascha Polanco), Alvarez knows a thing or two about styling every kind of strand situation—with or without tools. To stock … Read the rest

The amount of time I’ve spent online shopping in lockdown might indicate that I am someone with money to spare, which I can absolutely assure you I am not. Yet I have somehow managed to amass a melange of items – a paltry substitute for all of the people I did not see and all of the places I did not go over the course of the past year. Fortunately, I have an emergency budget for exactly these type of purchases – you know, the ones made during a global pandemic – and have considered them to be a part of my 2020 healing process. With the hours I’ve logged on retail sites, in addition to the targeted Instagram posts I’ve traversed, I’ve come to find many new brands to help nurse my quarantine habit and inspire my “When We Are Back Outside” aesthetic. One of the main sources of … Read the rest

The 2000s are back, baby. As you may recall, it was an era defined by low-rise pants, fuzzy pink everything, and AOL instant messenger. (Do you remember your first screen name or are you normal?) Some of the most iconic and still-talked-about fashion moments of all time happened during this period and we’re still feeling the reverb to this day. Another area of excellence from the 2000s that still informs our lives? The hairstyles.

From chunky highlights to braided antennas and, of course, spiky buns galore, the go-to hairstyles from this time were truly something special. And the queens of the cool girls like Hilary Duff, Raven-Symoné, the Olsen twins, and Jennifer Lopez (yes, she’s been killing it for decades!) were serving up daily inspiration for executing all the crimps, curls, and colors.

If you’re feeling nostalgic, keep scrolling for 11 2000s hairstyles we would low-key wear today, along with … Read the rest

If Kim Possible were a real-life person, would she have to wear clothes exclusively from Banana Republic Club Banana? After behind-the-scenes photos from the live-action Powerpuff Girls reboot set surfaced on April 7, fans of the original Cartoon Network show proved that, when it comes to the translation of cartoon outfits to IRL costumes, sometimes it’s OK to deviate from the original design. Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup traditionally dress in monochromatic matching A-line dresses with black belts, white socks, and sleek black Mary Janes. The live-action reboot costumes are nothing short of accurate, but fans had a Mojo Jojo-level problem with the simplicity of the designs.

“If this is what the Powerpuff Girls look like, god knows what the Professor and Mojo Jojo will be like.”

Like the square, uncomplicated structure of the animated outfits, the IRL costumes leave a lot of detail to be desired. After all, if the … Read the rest

Our editor in chief, Kat Collings, recently shared with us a special gem she is wearing on repeat at the moment. Naturally, we wanted to highlight the staple for you as well. The piece in question? This $14 ribbed tank from Amazon.

The Kamissy piece looks quite expensive (honestly, could be designer) because of the modern, higher cut and the ribbed fabric. The color is also noteworthy in the of-the-moment beige hue. The beauty of this trendy basic is that it’s highly versatile and could act as a base layer for a range of ensembles this spring and summer. In fact, Collings actually sent over a few photos showcasing how she’s styling her favorite tank.

Intrigued? Wonderful. Keep scrolling to learn more about why this expensive-looking tank is top-notch. If you go a bit farther, you’ll also find more affordable tank tops (under $30) that could also be of interest. … Read the rest

Twenty-one-year-old gender-fluid Lewis Freese has been recognized by Sports Illustrated Swim as the first-ever male finalist in the annual Swim Search for 2021, which is led by an open casting call. This is his second year applying to the contest, and he’s still a full-time student designing a major in business marketing, gender women sexuality studies, and retail merchandising. Lewis hails from Minnesota and takes his spot as one of the 15 finalists who could go on to be included in the issue among others from the LGBTQ+ community like trans woman of color Leyna Bloom and trans model Valentina Sampaio, both of whom made history on their own.

“Swimwear is one of the most binary forms of clothing, and I believe Sports Illustrated Swimsuit has redefined the true meaning of what a swimsuit embodies.”

Lewis took the time to thank his followers and support system in a video posted … Read the rest

Any trend that shows a little skin is one thing, but tacking on the fact that in order to make this trend really work one has to forfeit all undergarments? Yeah, it’s a lot to process, but after scrolling through the images and products below, I am confident you’ll be turned. This risqué detail we’re highlighting today looks like cascading keyholes that are held together by the skin of their teeth. Beneath them? Nothing, of course, hence the necessary removal of all undergarments beforehand. Be it a button closure or a dainty thread, the main objective is to give off the look that your garment is busting at the seams, and considering the fact that you’ll likely not be wearing a bra or underwear should this happen, the look is quite jarring (in a good way).

That’s half the fun of this trend though, isn’t it? These peephole-like cutouts create … Read the rest